5 August 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 2

How I Know

Your mother asked if I was certain, and I had to excuse myself

to call you from the bathroom.

Is that why you're here? I'm not

talking about my health anymore, but everything was the wrong color.

I mean, even though

the dinner went forward, the silverware became increasingly orange,

and then, even more so, white.

But you are not suspicious of change, you are suspicious

of the results of change. That is how I know

you are in love. Because I do not change.

That is how I know you do not love me.

About the author:

In the spring of 2004, Shane McCrae received a MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and is currently a student at Harvard Law School. Shane's work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, American Letters & Commentary, Columbia Poetry Review, Shampoo, GutCult and others.

For further reading:

Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 2, where "How I Know" ran on August 5, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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